What a load of utter rubbish the so-called "Centre for European Reform" spout:
Eurosceptics make a good point when they argue that the EU should concentrate on external challenges like climate change, energy security, migration and global trade. But Ireland's vote against the Lisbon treaty means that the EU now has to devote more time and energy to sorting out its rules and institutions. Those who urge the EU to look outwards but celebrate the Irish No are inconsistent and hypocritical.
Clearly the possibility of actually accepting the result of three referendums and dropping the treaty has simply never occurred to them.
In reality the CER was never about trying to change Brussels (which has, after all, generously funded them). It is all about trying to sell Brussels to Britain. We don't think people are buying it.
(Htp: Bruno Waterfield)